Our entire lives began to focus on things that were urgent but not important. There’s some meeting at work, or the car needs to [have its emissions checked], or one of the kids has an appointment — all of it seems urgent, but none of it is important. And then you realize it and you say, ‘AAAAAAAHHH!!’
Laureen Hudson, reflecting on the moment she and her family decided to take a different course with their lives.
Many years ago, my sister gave me a short book entitled The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono. It seems that a few years later, Frédéric Back turned it into a film (30 mins) and won an Academy Award for best short film.
Last week, a handful of parents joined us for an informal discussion about children, schools, and learning. Thank you to those who were able to come, and thanks also to the many more who asked to be informed of future get-togethers. Here are the slides from my brief presentation that evening.